Dr. Roger Jones

Dr. Roger Walton Jones received a bachelor’s degree from Kenyon College, a master’s degree from Southern Illinois University, and a Ph.D. in English from Texas A&M University, with a specialty in modern American literature. He routinely presents papers at the Popular Culture Association annual conference and serves on textbook editorial boards.

An expert on Texas writer Larry McMurtry, Dr. Jones is the author of Larry McMurtry and the Victorian Novel, as well as numerous short stories, articles, and book reviews. His Curriculum Vitae is available.

Dr. Lance Hawvermale

A published novelist, Dr. Hawvermale serves as Dean of Humanities and Fine Arts.  His prose and poetry have won numerous awards, including the Oklahoma Writers’ Federation “Poetry Book of the Year.” His poems have appeared in Mid-America ReviewByLine, and The Same, among others. St. Martin’s Press released Hawvermale’s fifth novel, Face Blind, a thriller set in Chile’s Atacama desert. He holds a doctoral degree in educational leadership from Kansas State University.

In addition to administrative duties, Dr. Hawvermale also teaches the college’s Honors courses. You may view his Curriculum Vitae and visit his website.

Mrs. Joanna Spangler

Joanna Spangler earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English from Tarleton State University and is currently working on an additional master’s in history from Sam Houston State University. A product of community college education, Mrs. Spangler has served in teaching, administrative, and assessment roles at Texas two-year schools, including Cisco College, Odessa College, and Western Texas College. She has also served in the public sector, spending six years at the City of Abilene and earning her Public Manager certification from Texas Tech University.

Mrs. Spangler is an advocate of active scholarship and regularly presents papers at conferences and attends regional and national workshops. Her Curriculum Vitae is available.

Ms. Tanika Cain

Tanika D. Cain received her undergraduate degree in business administration, with a concentration in accounting, from the University of Oklahoma. She earned her master’s degree in English and creative writing from Southern New Hampshire. In addition, she received a certificate in Writing for Children and Young Adults from the Institute of Children’s Literature.

Ms. Cain has taught at various community colleges and dual-credit classrooms. She loves to read and watch post-apocalyptic stories.

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Composition I and II
Creative Writing
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